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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,500 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Volkswagen Cabrio engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Volkswagen Cabrio Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 032004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles


While consumer was driving the oil light came on. Consumer placed oil into the vehicle, and oil light came on again. Consumer drove the vehicle to the dealer, and it was discovered that engine was defective, and no oil was in the bottom of the engine.

- Chester, VA, USA

problem #1

Sep 012003

Cabrio 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
With less than 75000 miles, my vehicle has had three defective water pumps replacements. The service man at VW have commented that this appears to be a bad design and warranted the part. However, this does not provide me with any long term solution. I have logged a trouble ticket with VW America requesting that they provide a resolution or extend the warrantee beyond 100000 miles.

- Tampa, FL, USA

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